The dance of the sun and earth has inspired celebrations of the human spirit, expressed through art and music, throughout the ages. Honouring many cultural traditions, the Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival illuminates the longest night of the year with the singing drumming, music and dancing of peoples from around the world! Activities take place all over Granville Island; for more information visit www.secretlantern.org.
LANTERN ARTIST AT WORK
OCEAN ART WORKS – Johnston Street (next to Ocean Concrete)
December 20 and 21
Noon – 6pm
Drop in to say hello and even lend a hand as Secret Lantern Society artist Yoko Tomita creates a large sun lantern that will lead the procession.
FREE PUBLIC LANTERN WORKSHOP
OCEAN ART WORKS - Johnston Street (next to Ocean Concrete)
Noon – 6pm
Come make a simple jar lantern to carry in the Lantern Procession
6pm: Starting in Triangle Square (outside A Bread Affair) Bring your lanterns and join the Carnival Band as they get ready to lead the lantern procession.
6:25pm: Lantern procession leaves Triangle Square
6:40pm: Procession ends at the Water Park – Morris Men sing traditional Song of Welcome
7 - 10pm: False Creek Community Centre – FREE performances and Community Dancing
7 - 10pm: Performance Works - Labyrinth of Light (tickets available on-line: www.secretlantern.org)
9:30pm: Ron Basford Park - Fire Finale - music and fire performance to end the night
PUBLIC LANTERN WORKSHOPS
False Creek Community Centre
Dec. 9 - 21, various times & prices (for more information visit www.falsecreekcc.ca)